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VTS: Northeast Corridor Commission
December 12 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST
The Northeast United States is home to one of the great rail corridors of the world – the Northeast Corridor (NEC) – an unmatched asset that connects people and businesses from Boston to New York to Washington, DC. The NEC Main Line runs through eight states and Washington, DC. The Corridor supports eight commuter railroads, four freight railroads, and Amtrak. Each day the NEC carries 800,000 trips—almost one-half of all passenger rail trips nationwide. The NEC rail network is an engine of economic activity for the United States that brings workers to jobs, business to clients, goods to market, and people to their friends and family. The NEC faces major challenges in order to meet the region’s growing demand for fast and reliable rail service. Crucial segments of the NEC are at or near full capacity and key assets are in need of major repairs. The Corridor’s most heavily trafficked bridges and tunnels are over a century old and parts of its electrical and signal systems date back to the 1930s. These aging assets are prone to unexpected failures that disrupt service and create delays for riders. Service disruptions already cost the economy $500 million per year in lost productivity. A complete loss of NEC service could cost the economy $100 million per day. Chokepoints limit capacity for future growth. In addition to $500-600 million in annual capital costs to maintain the status quo, the NEC requires at least $38 billion to achieve a state-of-good-repair and even more to increase performance and support a vibrant economy.
Commission Website: http://www.nec-commission.com/
Speaker(s): Mitch Warren,
11:30 am – lunch & conversation
12:00 pm – presentation & discussion
1:00 pm – adjourn
Metro Center Station
Exit station through 13TH ST NW & G ST NW entrance.
Walk approx. 2 blocks North on 13th St NW.
McPherson Square Station
Exit station through 14TH & I ST NW – FRANKLIN SQUARE entrance.
Walk approximately 1 block East on I St NW.
Parking: Advance discounted reservations available at www.spothero.com
Room: Suite 1200 East
Bldg: American Public Transportation Association
1300 I Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia